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Karela Tikkis


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Though unpleasantly bitter, karela tops the list of diabetes-friendly foods. It contains 'gurmarin', a polypeptide that works like insulin in our body and helps to regulate blood sugar levels. Combine karela with carrots and paneer to make these surprisingly delicious tikkis.

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Makes 8 tikkis
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1/2 cup grated bitter gourd (karela)
3/4 cup grated carrot
1/4 cup crumbled low fat paneer (cottage cheese)
3/4 cup boiled and mashed green peas
1/4 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
3 tsp dried mango powder (amchur)
2 tsp finely chopped green chillies
2 tbsp chopped coriander (dhania)
salt to taste

Other Ingredients
1 1/2 tsp oil for cooking

For Serving
4 tbsp garlic tomato chutney

  1. Apply little salt to the bitter gourd and keep aside for a while. Squeeze and keep the water aside. This water can be used as given in the handy tip.
  2. Combine the bitter gourd, carrots, paneer, green peas, bread crumbs, dry mango powder, green chillies, coriander, green peas and salt in a bowl and mix well.
  3. Divide the mixture into 8 equal potions and shape into round, flat tikkis.
  4. Cook them on a non-stick pan, using a little oil, till both sides are golden brown.
  5. Serve hot with garlic tomato chutney.

Handy tip:

  1. You will benefit from drinking the water squeezed from the karela as well. To cut its bitter taste, mix with a glass of water or tomato juice.
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